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A celebration 100 years in the making this weekend in East Ferris

Municipality celebrates centennial anniversary this Saturday, November 27
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East Ferris celebrates 100 year anniversary this Saturday / File photo.

This Saturday, the municipality of East Ferris celebrates its centennial anniversary with a full day of events.

History buffs might know that officially, the municipality’s birthday falls on December 26. However, being so close to Christmas, organizers wanted to host the day earlier.

Most events are taking place at the Sacred Heart Church in Corbeil, and the former St. Theresa School at 1990 Corbeil Road.

East Ferris’ mayor, Pauline Rochefort, noted that the Sacred Heart Church also turns 100 this weekend.

“I think it’s very appropriate that the celebration falls on the same day,” as the municipal celebration, she said. “It certainly highlights the ties between the municipality and the parish.”

Rochefort elaborated on the significance the church has had to the community throughout the century and finds it appropriate that Saturday’s celebration will begin with a morning mass at Sacred Heart.

“After the mass, the church is being converted into a theatre,” Mayor Rochefort said, for the debut performance of Our Home, a play depicting the many highlights of East Ferris’ rich history.

The play begins just before 1:00, with a second showing at 4:00 and tickets are required to attend. Tickets are free, but with Covid regulations and the need for social distancing, residents are asked to secure tickets in advance to help organizers know how many to expect.

There are also open house events taking place throughout the day, including an art show, youth activities at Memorial Park, and a chili lunch available to purchase.

Beavertails Food Truck will be on site, and the Roadhouse Concert entertains between 1:30 to 3:30—tickets will be required for this one as well.

“It will be very entertaining,” Mayor Rochefort promised, adding the day’s lineup “is a municipal celebration of East Ferris”

“It’s about recognizing the people who have made East Ferris a special place to live.”

The day caps off with a “a spectacular display” of fireworks at Memorial Park, which occurs immediately after the lighting of the Christmas tree.

Mayor Rochefort mentioned the new East Ferris flag—which was redesigned just this year—will be raised for the first time at the park as well.

She hopes many residents come out, emphasizing the centennial provides a chance to reflect on how far East Ferris has come while anticipating the future of the municipality.

“It’s about creating an identity for the next century as we move forward,” she said, noting the council has been working towards that.

For example,  councillors recently adopted a strategic plan to help craft that identity, which is “the first one for the municipality.”

See: East Ferris checks strategic plan, aims to become more 'business-friendly'

On top of that, a new logo has been adopted, an updated website was launched, ‘East Ferris Our Home’ was adopted as the new slogan, and a new flag was unveiled.

“It’s setting a course for the future, which is very important,” Mayor Rochefort said.

“We are a community that is growing,” she said. “That’s very evident. There are a lot of newer residents who have moved to East Ferris so it’s about bringing people together.”

The mayor also emphasized the importance of volunteers, and how these selfless residents help bind the community throughout the years.

“There’s a lot of volunteerism in East Ferris,” she noted. “We’re not a large community, so we achieve things through people, people who volunteer for organizations.”

“First and foremost,” the celebration allows the municipality to “say thank you to people who are involved in public service and all the various community organizations.”

East Ferris has created a page through Eventbrite that allows you to book your tickets and see a full lineup of centennial events.

David Briggs

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David Briggs is a Local Journalism Initiative reporter covering civic and diversity issues for BayToday. The Local Journalism Initiative is funded by the Government of Canada
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